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LIV GOLF DC PREVIEW: NOTES ON THE 12 TEAMS

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Written by
Mike McAllister
May 23 2023
- 7 min
DJ driver Tulsa Bynder

A quick look at each of the 12 LIV Golf League teams going into the first round of LIV Golf DC at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC.

Teams listed in order of current point standings

4ACES GC

Current individual points standings: Peter Uihlein (5), Dustin Johnson (6), Patrick Reed (8), Pat Perez (21)

· Team produced its third runner-up finish and fifth podium (top 3) of the season in Tulsa

· Only team with all four players currently inside top 24 in individual points

· Johnson’s individual win in Tulsa was the second in his LIV Golf career

· Uihlein and Johnson are 1-2 in the League’s driving distance average


STINGER GC

Current individual points standings: Branden Grace (7), Dean Burmester (10), Louis Oosthuizen (25), Charl Schwartzel (32)

· Victory in Tulsa was team’s first since winning inaugural 2022 Invitational Series event in London

· Team has five top-4 finishes in first six events in 2023

· Grace made Tulsa playoff and finished third in points for the second time this season

· Grace shot first 61 in LIV Golf history in Tulsa opening round


RANGEGOATS GC

Current individual points standings: Talor Gooch (1), Harold Varner III (19), Bubba Watson (29), Thomas Pieters (37)

· Finished third in Tulsa, the team’s third consecutive podium result

· Gooch finished 36th individually in Tulsa after winning previous two tournaments

· Varner (4th), Watson (10th) had career-best individual results in Tulsa

· Varner’s 61 (9 under) in final round ties LIV Golf record for lowest score

CRUSHERS GC

Current individual points standings: Charles Howell III (4), Anirban Lahiri (17), Paul Casey (27), Bryson DeChambeau (28)

· Finished 4th in Tulsa, the team’s third consecutive top 5 result

· DeChambeau finished 7th in Tulsa, his best individual points finish

· DeChambeau’s second-round 63 is his lowest round in LIV Golf

· Casey returns to action after a WD at PGA Championship due to injury


FIREBALLS GC

Current individual points standings: Carlos Ortiz (9), Sergio Garcia (11), Eugenio Chacarra (24), Abraham Ancer (41)

· Finished 6th in Tulsa, the team’s fifth points finish this season

· Chacarra finished 5th in individual points in Tulsa, his best result this season

· Team leads League in fairways hit at 63%

· Garcia has prior success in D.C. area, winning at Congressional in 2005


TORQUE GC

Current individual points standings: Mito Pereira (12), Sebastián Muñoz (14), Joaquin Niemann (22), David Puig (45)

· Team has finished inside the points in all six tournaments

· Team leads League in team driving distance average (308.8 yards avg.)

· Niemann finished 9th in Tulsa, his best points finish of the season and second consecutive top 10

· Pereira leads League in Greens in Regulation percentage (77.47%)

SMASH GC

Current individual points standings: Brooks Koepka (2), Jason Kokrak (16), Matthew Wolff (20), Chase Koepka (46)

· Brooks Koepka moved from fourth to second in individual standings after his 6th place points finish in Tulsa

· Brooks Koepka ranks T1 in League with 91 birdies this season

· Kokrak on active streak of four consecutive top-12 finishes

· Kokrak ranked second in field in GIR in Tulsa


RIPPER GC

Current individual points standings: Cameron Smith (3), Matt Jones (30), Marc Leishman (34), Jediah Morgan (42)

· Finished 7th in Tulsa, team’s fifth points finish of season

· Smith made playoff in Tulsa and finished 2nd, his best individual result of the season

· Smith’s 61 in Tulsa final round ties LIV Golf record-low score

· Leishman resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, approximately 220 miles from course location in Potomac Falls


HYFLYERS GC

Current individual points standings: Brendan Steele (13), Cameron Tringale (18), Phil Mickelson (36), James Piot (47)

· Steele’s 7-under 63 in Tulsa first round was his lowest score since joining LIV Golf

· Piot ranked T1 in the Tulsa field in fairways hit

· Tringale ranks T3 in League putting average this season

· Mickelson coming off 119th major start of his career at PGA Championship

IRON HEADS GC

Current individual points standings: Danny Lee (15), Scott Vincent (23), Kevin Na (26), Sihwan Kim (49)

· Vincent finished 16th in points in Tulsa, his fifth top 24 finish of the season

· Lee’s 6-under 64 in second round in Tulsa ties for his lowest round relative to par this season

· Lee, Vincent and Na have contributed counting scores for 17 of their 18 rounds

· Na ranks T3 in League in putting this season


CLEEKS GC

Current individual points standings: Graeme McDowell (38), Richard Bland (39), Bernd Wiesberger (43), Martin Kaymer (48)

· Team finished 12th in points for third consecutive tournament

· Wiesberger finished 20th in Tulsa, his first points finish of the season

· Kaymer finished 41st, his best result in three starts since returning from offseason wrist surgery

· Team among League leaders in fairways hit at 63%


MAJESTICKS GC

Current individual points standings: Henrik Stenson (31), Sam Horsfield (33), Ian Poulter (35), Laurie Canter (40), Lee Westwood (44)

· Reserve player Canter taking spot for injured Horsfield

· Westwood expected to return after WD prior to Tulsa final round

· Poulter has recorded par or better in his last 79 par 5 holes played to extend LIV record

· Stenson leads the League in fairways hit at 76.19%